VT-CQS Lockheed L-749 Constellation
J.R.D. Tata, as Chairman of the
recently formed national Indian internal airline Air India, had the
to order long distance aircraft for a perceived prestigious route to
London. Air India
International was formed in 1948 in which Air India
owned 51% and the Indian government 49%.
Constellation service was operated on 8 June 1948 from Bombay to
London, via Cairo
Geneva. Paris was soon added as an alternate stop as evidenced in
this shot of VT-CQS
Princess" at Orly in the late 1940s. VT-CQS went to
Qantas in 1951 as VH-EAF.